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Levelling up

LGA responds to NAO report on levelling up funding

“Levelling up has great potential to transform people’s lives and livelihoods, with councils best placed to make this happen."

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LGA responds to £8.3bn roads funding announcement

“Councils want to invest in cost-effective and resilient resurfacing, rather than retrospectively dealing with potholes and this funding is a significant boost towards improving more of the 186,000 miles of England’s local roads."

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‘Vital that children’s services are adequately funded in next week’s Autumn Statement’ – LGA response to children in care figures

“These figures emphasise how vital it is that next week’s Autumn Statement ensures that children’s services are adequately funded so councils can meet this rising demand and ensure children and their families get the support they need, as soon as they need it.

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Further savings mean tough decisions for social care leaders

“The easy savings have long since gone. Councils are being faced with tough decisions about cutting valued services, increasing council tax and fees and charges during a cost-of-living crisis.  "

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Brits do not feel prepared for climate change, warn councils

“Councils want to play their full role in preparing people and places for the impacts of climate change on local areas. "

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LGA responds to Work and Pensions Committee report on cost of living payments

“The Government should use the upcoming Autumn Statement to make local welfare funding permanent, retaining flexibility to ensure it helps those in greatest need."

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Empty homes in England rise by nearly 10 per cent in five years

The number of long-term empty homes has increased nationally by nearly 10 per cent over the past five years, the equivalent of just over one per cent of the country’s housing stock, a new report commissioned by the Local Government Association reveals today. 

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‘Councils committed to ensuring older people live independent lives’ – LGA on CMO annual report

“We fully support the conclusions of this helpful annual report and councils remain committed to ensuring that older people live independent and fulfilling lives.


Impacts of social care reforms must be assessed – LGA on NAO report

“We support NAO’s recommendation that DHSC must assess the impact of its current and planned reform interventions on local authorities and consult with stakeholders to ensure its plans are manageable.”

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20 per cent uplift needed for Healthy Start to meet soaring food inflation

“We are asking the Government to consider using the Autumn Statement to uplift the value of the scheme to bring it in line with inflation and review every six months."

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